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Fatehgarh Sahib
Three-day Urs from Dec 30:
The three-day annual Urs will be held at the tomb of Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmad Farooqui at Sirhind from December 30. Additional Deputy Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said elaborate arrangement had been made for the devotees who would come from across the world to pay obeisance at the centuries-old shrine.

Gang of inter-state robbers busted, four arrested:
The police have arrested four members of an inter-state gang of robbers on Sunday night. Senior Superintendent of Police Narendra Bhargav said the Garhshankar police had arrested Rakesh Kumar and Davinder Singh, both residents of Bilron, Nikhil Sidhu, a resident of Ward 8 Garhshankar, and Amandeep, a resident of Chabbewal, and seized a .315 bore country-made pistol, three cartridges, two swords and a sickle from their possession.

State AAP unit elated over formation of govt in Delhi: Punjab Aam Adami Party (AAP) spokesperson Advocate Naveen Jairth on Monday said people of Delhi would heave a sigh of relief after formation of the AAP government in the national capital. Lashing out at the state government, Jairth said people were fed up of corruption in the state. "The AAP will replace the SAD-BJP alliance in the next elections," he added.

Homeopaths’ plea to govt: The NRHM (National Rural Health Mission) Homeopaths’ Association today asked the government to recruit Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) doctors under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RSBK).

Mentally challenged raped:
A mentally challenged woman was allegedly raped by unidentified persons at the cremation ground of Kang Araian village on Sunday night. The incident came to light when a few village women went there to attend a funeral and saw the woman in a state of shock. They informed the police and sent the victim to the civil hospital. The police have register a case in this regard.

Tarn Taran
CPM, Punjab, protests over ‘anti-people’ policies:
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), Punjab, on Monday staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here today in protest against the “anti-people polices” of the Union and the state governments. Party leader Rattan Singh Randhawa said the Union and the state governments were framing policies to favour the corporate sector. “Corruption affects the working classes. Masses should unite to fight against the anti-people polices of the state,” he added.

Two of a gang held with Rs 2.5-lakh heroine: The police arrested two members of a gang of drug smugglers from a barricade installed near Cheema Kalan village on Sunday. The police seized half-kg heroine from the accused, Ajit Singh and Jodha Singh, of Bhikhwind village. The drug is valued Rs 2.5 crore in the international market, the police have said. The other members of the gang, who escaped from the spot, were Gurdeep Singh, Satnam Singh, Surinder Singh and Aman Kumar. A case under Sections 21, 61, 85 of NDPS Act was registered against accused.


Annual function:
Saint Joseph Public School, Ambala City, organised its annual function on the police line ground on Monday. DCP Ambala Vinod Kaushik was the chief guest. Students presented cultural programmes. Best athletics and meritorious students were honoured.

‘Fellow SIIP’ for Shrikant:
The Society for Immunology and Immunopathology (SIIP) has conferred the “Fellow SIIP” on Major General Shrikant (retired), vice chancellor of the Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar, in a function organised by the SIIP, in collaboration with the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, in Bikaner on Monday.

4 booked for dowry death:
Alka Yadav (27), wife of Sanjay Yadav, died in suspicious circumstances at Gokalgarh village on Saturday night. She was admitted to a local trauma centre where doctors declared her brought dead. On a complaint lodged by her father Yashvir Yadav, a resident of Kahari village, the Rewari Sadar police have registered a dowry death case against Sanjay, Alka’s mother-in-law Ram Rati and two others, all residents of Gokalgarh village.

Protest over power bills:
Representatives of various trade and social organisations of Sonepat, led by BJP state vice-president Rajiv Jain, protested against the hike in electricity bills at Mini Secretariat on Monday. They handed over a memorandum of their demands, addressed to the Chief Minister, to Additional Deputy Commissioner SB Lohia. Their demands are implementation of the old slab system, a decrease in fuel surcharge, a reduction in fixed load charges and replacement of iron poles.

Three held for murder: The police have arrested three persons--- Rajesh of Juan village and Sumit and Praveen of Mahra village --- for allegedly kidnapping and murdering Rajbir, a resident of Juan village, on December 11. They were produced in a court which remanded them in police custody on Monday. Rajbir’s body was found from a canal on December 11.


Man run over by train:
A man was killed after he was run over by a train near Jammu Railway Station. The deceased has been identified as Ranjeet Sharma, son of Laxman Sharma, resident of Bihar, presently residing at Channi. The police said the victim was crossing the railway track, when he was run over by the approaching Vivek Express at around 9.30am near Jammu Railway Station. A case has been registered.

16th annual day celebrated: KC Public School celebrated its 16th annual day here on Monday. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad was the chief guest, while Anil Goswami, secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, was the guest of honour. The function started with lighting of the traditional lamp followed by a welcome address by the principal, Amarendra Mishra. It was followed by a presentation of annual reports by student council members from junior and senior wings of the school for the academic year 2012-13. The students were given prizes. The chief guest praised the children and teachers for presenting an outstanding programme.


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